This recruitment will remain open until filled. Initial application deadline: 3/2/2023.
Under the direction of the Research Safety Division under the Laboratory Safety Programs Manager, the incumbent serves as the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO). The primary emphasis of the job is the prevention and/or mitigation of occupational injuries or illnesses from chemical and other risk factors in the laboratory environment. The position is the campus subject matter and technical expert on Chemical Safety and develops and maintains a comprehensive chemical safety program that includes a variety of complex administrative and technical health and safety components. Serves as the campus Chemical Hygiene Officer and must be qualified by training and experience, to provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the provisions of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Policies, practices and procedures are developed and promulgated in coordination with the Laboratory and Chemical Safety Committee.
The CHO will frequently consult with faculty and staff laboratories as well as support personnel to improve practices, procedures and control measures. The CHO will develop, coordinate and review inspections (or audits) of laboratory facilities, and monitor required documentation and behaviors. Follows up on high score laboratory inspections and health and safety program audits; coordinates and conducts work area health and safety assessments and surveys to determine the presence of hazardous conditions; promptly communicates concerns and recommendations to all involved individuals; and ensures corrective actions are taken in a timely manner according to defined standards. The CHO will develop strategies and systems for compliance with federal and state laws relating to laboratory safety and health. The CHO will coordinate campus chemical inventory management for research laboratories and coordinate maximum allowable quantity reviews to ensure compliance. Decision-making is based on established procedures and integration and interpretation of relevant laws, regulations and organizational policy; professional best practices; relevant science methodology, impact on other EH&S programs; and senior management approvals. Decisions may impact other EH&S programs, departments, segments of the organization and/or organization-wide.
Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Ability to be available on-call and return to campus on short notice as necessary during non-work hours for EH&S related concerns/incidents.
Serves as EHS Duty Officer. Must be available on-call 2-4 times per year for one-week shifts to respond to UCSD in the event of an after-hours, weekend or holiday incident involving hazardous materials or requests for services that are regularly provided by the EHS department. May be requested to respond back to campus throughout the year to respond to EHS-related incidents and/or for services provided within the employee's subject area of expertise.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Advanced or expert knowledge and understanding of a broad range of EH&S fields and familiarity with all EH&S fields. Knowledge and expertise in all subject areas across the EH&S discipline.
Strong chemistry background with extensive and recent experience in higher education research safety. Excellent technical skills in broad-based laboratory safety programs and chemical safety management experience in a research environment.
Substantial knowledge of toxicology and the modes of action of chemical agents. Ability to apply that knowledge to reduce risk of illness or injury in research and student laboratory situations.
Advanced or expert knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards, guidelines and, as appropriate, recommending organization policy. Experience in developing a comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety programs.
Demonstrated knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations specific to general safety, occupational health and safety, chemical safety, biosafety, radiation safety, fire/life safety, emergency management, and environmental protection.
Advanced Knowledge of county, state, and federal regulations concerning chemical and laboratory safety equipment. Advanced skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required. Demonstrated experience in the use of personal protective equipment including, but not limited to supplied air respirators and protective clothing.
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